Between last weekend’s travel and this week’s task list, I’m not lacking for blog fodder. What I am lacking is the opportunity to set aside a few hours, process my photos, and write a couple of blog posts.
I also feel like my days this month have all had an undercurrent of anxiety flowing through them, just under the surface. My anxiety comes from a variety of sources, and makes it hard to relax even when I do carve out the time.
One of those sources (and probably the only one I can actually do something to alleviate)? Clutter.
I am collecting clutter at an alarming rate right now. There are yarn balls and swatches littering the family room, and piles of polymer clay work waiting to be carded and priced in the living room. I am in a highly creative space right now, and when I get that way, I leave craft supplies and finished samples in my wake.
Today is the only unscheduled day on my calendar for at least a week. I should probably clean something, but I’m tempted to put my clutter blinders on and spend the afternoon watching movies and selfish knitting instead…
I think I may need it.
So, what is This Week in Pictures?
It’s a roundup of the photos I shot for Project 365 (one image each day for all of 2016), plus some snapshots I posted on Instagram during the previous week.
Ready? Cast your mind back to this time last week…
Instagram 📱: We’re on our way to #rhinebeck! Remember, if you see us and mention my sweater, I’ll give you a coupon for a free copy of the pattern! [Taken in a hotel in Fishkill, NY.]
365 📱: 2016 289/366 – At the Ravelry gathering at the NY Sheep and Wool Festival. It’s always fun to people watch at these things. Actually, I tend to sweater watch. I remember what people were wearing much more easily than I remember their faces! [Taken at the NY Sheep and Wool Festival in Rhinebeck, NY.]
Instagram 📱: The kid and I are worn out. #rhinebeck2016 [Taken at the NY Sheep and Wool Festival in Rhinebeck, NY.]
Instagram 📱: So, I know how I’m spending my night 😉. This was the #rhinebeck of the book for me. I bought many more than usual. But, would you believe it? Not a single skein of yarn! [Taken in a hotel in Fishkill, NY.]
Instagram 📱: We found something interesting to see on our way home ☺ [Taken at Storm King Art Center in New Windsor, NY.]
365 📷: 2016 290/366 – Aidan and I stopped for a few hours on the way home from Rhinebeck, and visited the Storm King Art Center. It was like a huge, gorgeous park, punctuated here and there with modern art sculptures. We barely scratched the surface of all there was to see. [Taken at Storm King Art Center in New Windsor, NY.]
Instagram 📱: My #rhinebeck2016 haul: 5 books, 2 magazines (which I actually bought in Poughkeepsie after the festival) a jug of maple syrup, ginger biscotti (which is currently my breakfast) cucumber dill dip mix, a small bottle of Soak and the ever important maple cotton candy. It was a nice trip, as always! I think, though, I’m going to look for a hotel next time that has more of my fellow knitters. I’d like to interact more 😊. I still can’t believe I didn’t buy any yarn…
Instagram 📱: Meet “Rainbow Tortoise.” This is a polymer clay millefiori cane that I made, and it’s currently my most popular pattern for the new stud earrings in my shop. More than half of those sold have been in this pattern! #pdc #meetthepatterns
365 📷: 2016 291/366 – Warm day in October? Check. Dozens of ladybugs hanging out by the front door? Check.
Instagram 📱: Yesterday I showed you my Rainbow Tortoise millefiori cane. Today, I applied it to the handle of a crochet hook. This hook is not finished. Next it needs to be baked until it’s hard. Then I’ll sand it through 6 grits of sandpaper, and shine it up on my buffer. #pdc
365 📷: 2016 292/366 – One crochet hook finished, 11 pairs of stud earrings drying in the rack, and 7 hooks awaiting sanding and buffing. Not a bad day’s work.
Instagram 📱: It’s been a while since I had breakfast in bed, but it’s going to be another very busy day today, and I would like to savor this peace before the bustling begins ☕
365 📷: 2016 293/366 – I love the way this one little tree in the back yard explodes in orange every year.
Instagram 📱: New handmade crochet hooks hitting the shop tonight or tomorrow! What’s your go-to hook size and brand? I’m a Susan Bates G girl, myself 😊 #pdc
365 📱: 2016 294/366 – Ooh, the colors outside the kitchen window. I could stare at them all day. And I would, except I have a lot to do today. It’s probably best I make my coffee and get moving ☺
365 📷: 2016 295/366 – It’s that time of year again, when I look out the window and suddenly feel like I’m in a Hitchcock movie.
Instagram 📱: Ready for the oven: a couple of custom orders, a bunch of stuff for the shop, and one or two little things for my own jewelry box 😉 #pdc
Instagram 💻: Technically, I should be putting some dinner on the table, but frankly, I’d much rather keep lounging here next to the window in the fading daylight, listening to my Quiet Time playlist and playing Two Dots on my tablet until I doze off. Think my family will notice if I just skip feeding them tonight? 😉 #fridayafternoonnap
I may already have plans to blog about some of these things in greater detail over the coming week, but be sure to leave a comment if there’s something in particular you want to know about!